Ideal for families, Tuningi Safari Lodge is located in the malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve and offers a traditional Big 5 African safari experience with style and comfort. The lodge is Fair Trade accredited and is one of the few lodges in the area that welcomes children to learn about the local wildlife and experience it first-hand.

Go on early morning and afternoon game drives to spot classic African wildlife as well as some of the continent's most endangered animals such as black rhino and African wild dog. Children can either accompany their parents on game drives or go on guided excursions to the nearest waterhole where they are encouraged to tick off the things they see in the workbook provided. Evenings are spent around a campfire sharing stories of the day's activities.


  • Exclusive Big 5 safari experience in the malaria-free Madikwe Reserve
  • Colonial African chic decor
  • Ideal for families - the suites are spacious enough for children to share with parents
  • Entertaining dinners for kids
  • Evening meals served in the boma overlooking the waterhole - bustling with animals at night

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The main thatched lodge includes a sumptuous lounge, dining room, veranda and bar, all of which are interlinked by a sweeping wooden deck.

The crystal clear infinity pool overlooks a nearby waterhole and is perfect for cooling down after a morning of game viewing.

If you're on an early morning game drive without the children, the professional daycare service will see that the kids wake up and have breakfast before taking them to their activities.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool
    Children’s play area
    Private balcony or deck


The boma at Tuningi Safari Lodge is ideal for a relaxing dining experience in the evenings around a blazing fire. The extravagant dinners are prepared by the lodge's executive chef and will satisfy all tastes, especially when accompanied by a fine wine selected from the lodge's cellar.

Families with children have the option of taking meals in their own room or deck, and on special evenings the kids can help to create their own meals in a separate boma.

Standard Suite

Tuningi's exclusivity is emphasised by the limited number of rooms, allowing a total of only 16 guests at the main lodge at any time. The design of the lodge is such that it can be divided for families, groups or VIPs to allow for utter privacy.

The main lodge offers spacious villas that are connected by wooden walkways. Soft, warm colours and wooden finishes give the rooms an elegant, organic feel with a comfortable interior. All rooms are en suite, air-conditioned and have gas fireplaces, outdoor rock showers and private wrap-around wooden decks.

Standard Suite AMENITIES

    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    Outdoor shower
    Outdoor area
    Safe in room
    Tea & coffee-making facilities

Other Room Types

For guests who prefer more privacy, Little Tuningi offers an exclusive experience as it is entirely removed from the rest of the lodge.

Accommodating only six guests, this luxury air-conditioned villa has its own private pool, designer kitchen, boma area, dining room and lounge. A wrap-around wooden deck creates a perfect spot to enjoy your meals. Fold-away glass doors open up to a breathtaking view of the surrounding bush. Having full access to the main lodge and all its factilities gives you the choice to be completely self-contained or to socialise with the other guests.


  • Bird watching
  • Jogging trails
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Photographic safaris
  • Guided walking safaris
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 May 2017 - 31 Jul 2017 $430 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Aug 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $490 Full Board Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Family Suite Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • We especially enjoyed our stay at Tuningi and would love to go back there again. The ranger was excellent and we saw the Big 5 within 2 game drives so that was a great experience for us. The food and the room were both lovely. I am pregnant at the moment and they catered for me very well in regards to food and giving us a bottle of non-alcoholic wine to share one night. The charter flight there was exhilarating. I was a bit nervous as it was such a small plane and the alarms kept going off but the landing was incredible as there was a kudu on the runway so they tipped the plane 90 degrees and flew along the runway twice which was a thrill.

    Camille Furnandiz, June 2014
  • Tuningi Safari Lodge was a great destination, with great staff and facilities.

    Andrew Biggs, May 2014
  • We are back home and very, very happy with our experience in South Africa !!!! Everything went perfect ! Both accommodations were excellent, especially the Tuningi Lodge… What an experience there! We were very lucky with the weather in both places and we also saw many, many animals during the 6 game drives. The staff at Tuningi were absolutely friendly, kind and professionals. Absolutely nothing to complain or criticize…

    Sandra & Luiz Gross, May 2014
  • Thank you so much for making our trip wonderful…everything was fantastic, I would highly recommend Tuningi to anyone looking for a great Safari experience as the people, food, safaris and accommodations are first rate.

    Todd Brohm, November 2013
  • A fantastic start to the holiday with the road transport from Johannesburg being long but tolerable and very efficiently managed. We were welcomed from the moment we arrived and the family suite worked perfectly and was in a great location with game walking past to the waterhole in front of the lodge. That waterhole was the best for animal views we have experienced in our 7 years with the highlight being the almost daily visits by elephants. Madiwiki provided excellent game viewing and provided a glimpse of a leopard in the wild and had the best buffalo experience ever. At one point I saw a herd of some 200 animals. We also saw Wild Dogs for the first time.

    Ian Ellis, August 2013
  • Tuningi - superb! Everything about it was spot on. They had got the message about our dietary requirements and we were extremely well catered for in that department. The lodge was lovely - very clean and comfortable and the people there, super friendly and welcoming. It was great to be welcomed by a 15 strong herd of elephants at the lodge watering hole and a giraffe outside our chalet on arrival. Lots of lovely little touches to ensure our comfort e.g. hot water bottles provided on the game drive as well as in the bed at night. Game drives - wowzer! We had superb rangers at both Tuningi and Pumba and feel priviledged to have witnessed some of the animal behaviour we saw as a result of their expertise. Rangers were Christo (Tuningi) and Jean (Pumba).

    Jill Poyser, August 2013
  • Tuningi Safari Lodge: we visited wonderful places and the hotels/lodges were amazing;

    Mark Roosens, July 2013
  • Tuningi Safari Lodge, it was excellent, and I would urge you to strongly recommend same to your customers.

    Larry Leake, July 2013
  • Tuningi. Not without reason this is a five-star lodge! It was fabulous! HIGHLY recommend it to any of your clients. Cristo was our guide while there. We have never met anyone more excited and enthusiastic about what he does! His knowledge of all animals and birds was amazing. No matter what bird we saw, snake or animal, Cristo knew the names even of all the birds and all info on any bird or animal. Truly impressive.

    JoAnn Zymler, October 2012
  • Tuningi, Mala Mala, and Mashatu were absolutely amazing in all aspects. Fantastic service and great game viewing. We did see everything, including wild dogs and black rhinos.

    Hakan Erdogmus, October 2012

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Candice Eseme

Candice Eseme

Africa Safari Expert

"I simply loved Tuningi and had a real African safari experience while I was there. The staff were friendly and our ranger was very knowledgeable and professional. I loved the fact they offer activities for the kids!"



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Tuningi. Not without reason this is a five-star lodge! It was fabulous! HIGHLY recommend it to any of your clients. Cristo was our guide while there. We have never met anyone more excited and enthusiastic about what he does! His knowledge of all animals and birds was amazing. No matter what bird we saw, snake or animal, Cristo knew the names even of all the birds and all info on any bird or animal. Truly impressive.

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